I spent a day and a half in the area of Long Beach where the Black-tailed Gull had been seen most of the day on Sunday. We did see a nice variety of water birds around the cove like the Western Grebe (photo) and Heerman's Gull (photo), but not the gull we were seeking. Outlying areas were also checked by astute observers with the same negative result. Nobody knows where the gull goes when it's not in the cove. About noon on the second day I left to drive back to LAX where I boarded a plane and headed for home. I got back to Norfolk about midnight and retrieved my duffel which had come to Norfolk on Sunday without me while I went to CA. During the day there had been no news from Northern California about refinding the Brown Shrike, but when I arrived in Chicago, word came in that a Tufted Flycatcher had been found in Big Bend NP TX. As you probably know Big Bend is one of the more difficult places to get to, so I want to be somewhat certain the bird is still there before flying in to Midland and driving to the park. I'll keep my ear to the ground and follow the news. Meanwhile I'll let Thanksgiving happen at Joyce's daughter's house in MD.